Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General
MLA, Fredericton-Grand Lake
Kris Austin is the former leader of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick and currently represents the riding of Fredericton-Grand Lake. He is the founder of the former People’s Alliance party which was started in 2010. He joined the Progressive Conservative caucus in March 2022. Mr. Austin was appointed as the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on October 13, 2022.
Mr. Austin was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 2018 provincial election, and was re-elected in the 2020 general election, as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Fredericton-Grand Lake.
Prior to his entry into the political arena, Mr. Austin was involved in many areas both professionally and on a volunteer basis.
He studied theology in Bangor Maine after which he worked in ministry, as a church pastor, for ten years.
Next, he started a small silviculture business in Minto which has been home for most of his life. He’s also resided in Nackawic, New Brunswick, Niagara Falls, Ontario and Charleston, Maine.
Mr. Austin is a community-minded person and served at the municipal level on village council both as a councillor and deputy mayor.
He is passionate about volunteerism in his community. He founded the Minto Community Youth Centre. He travelled to Haiti several times where he participated in humanitarian relief projects at orphanages and schools.
He has been married to his wife, Amanda, for 20 years. They have a 16-year-old son, Silas, two daughters six-year-old-Krisily, and two-year-old Felicity.